The "Girl Guides" of England, which are the U.K. version of the U.S. Girl Scouts, have eliminated "to love my God" from their membership pledge to accommodate atheist members.
The group will replace "to love my God" with the more subjective “be true to myself and develop my beliefs."
Girl Guides also replaced “to serve my queen and my country” to “serve the queen and my community” in the pledge, notes The Sun.
“We knew that some people found our promise confusing on this point and that it discouraged some girls and volunteers from joining us,” said Chief Guide Gill Slocombe to the Associated Press. “We hope that the new wording will help us reach out to girls and women who might not have considered guiding before, so that even more girls can benefit from everything guiding can offer.”
“We wholeheartedly welcome the progressive step that Girl Guides have taken today of making their movement genuinely open to all, including the large number of girls and young women who don’t believe in any God,” said Andrew Copson, head of the British Humanist Association, to Huffington Post UK.
Founded in 1910, the Girl Guides currently have 546,406 members ranging from 5 to 25 years of age.